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If you thought bananas were only for monkeys, think again. The fruit has aphrodisiacal properties and many health benefits

1/30/2015 4:56:04 PM
written By : Nithya Subramanian Print

How many times have we joked about the suggestive shape of the banana? But the aphrodisiac property of the fruit is no laughing matter. Since ancient times, the banana has been recognised for its mood enhancing properties because it is rich in potassium and vitamin B, which are said to be necessary for sex-hormone production. According to some reports citing the Koran, banana and not the apple, was the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden.

But a banana is not just an aphrodisiac, it has other nutritional values and is amongst the first food given to infants. The fruit is believed to have originated over 10,000 years ago in the South-east Asian region and New Guinea. From here it travelled to India, Africa and the rest of the world.

According to historians, Alexander the great had his first taste of the fruit during his Indian invasion and took it to the Western world. In ancient times, the fruit was considered exotic. It had many large seeds with flesh that did not taste as good as the present day varieties. In fact the cross-breeding of species led to the current seedless fruit.

Even the name, according to historians, was given by Arabian slave traders who thought the size and shape of the fruit resembled an adult finger. Hence the name “banan”, Arabic for finger.

Over the years, apart from the fruit, the entire tree has found many uses. While its big, broad leaves are used to cook and serve meals, the inside of its stem, raw bananas and flower are eaten for its many health benefits. Here are a few:

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